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About Hypnosis - Part 1

What is Hypnosis - Part 2

Ultradian Rhythms - Part 3

How to Use Hypnosis - Part 4

Dreaming - Part 5

Self Hypnosis - Part 6

Trance - Part 7

Negative Hypnosis - Part 8

Using Hypnosis - Part 9

Hypnosis Exercise - Part 10

Counselling - Part 11

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What Is Hypnosis

Although the effects of hypnosis can seem magical, hypnosis itself is actually very easy to understand.

Every time you focus down your attention you enter a kind of hypnotic trance. Whereas ‘normal’ awareness can involve being aware of many things, and the mind ‘hopping around’, a defining characteristic of the trance state is a single, or limited focus of attention.

Right now, for example, you are focusing your attention on your computer screen. While you’ve been doing that you have ‘forgotten’ or ‘zoned out’ the sensations of your feet on the floor. The same goes for the sensation of your watch on your wrist, the blinking of your eyes or the colours in the room.

This of course is an essential skill. To be effective in any situation we must narrow down our attention so we are less aware of irrelevant aspects of our experience. ‘Deep trance’ is simply an extension of this ability.

You can see this working when you are engrossed in a book or film and someone asks if you would like something to drink. You may have had the experience of not hearing someone at all, or being ‘semi-aware’ that they said something, but having no idea what it was!

But how does this explain stage hypnosis?

Carefully selected subjects are able to focus their attention so tightly on internal experience (as in a dream), that they become much less aware of their surroundings. In this way, internal experience becomes much more important than external.

So, hypnosis occurs all the time. When you learn about everyday hypnosis and ultradian rhythms, you really begin to see how you can use hypnosis to help yourself.

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